The Safety of Bottled Water Bottles

There has been a great deal of publicity lately about the safety, or lack of, concerning bottled water bottles. It seems that the media has jumped on the "danger" bandwagon and is suggesting that bottled water may be unsafe to drink. The culprit they say is a chemical called bisphenol A. The talking heads imply that bispehenol A will leach from the bottled water bottles into the water and cause us harm. Bisphenol A is a hormone mimicking chemical that can disturb the body's endocrine system. It has been found to leach from polycarbonate plastic which are used in those sturdy reusable bottles like the kind hikers carry, baby bottles and water coolers. But PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles don't contain bisphenol A, according to NAPCOR, the National Association for PET Container Resources. Scientific research on the potential for PET bottles to leach harmful substance is sparse. If anything, it's the reuse of PET bottles by some consumers that may pose a problem, since the bottles' narrow necks can make them difficult to wash. "The bigger risk to consumers is probably bacterial contamination," says Rolf Halden, a drinking water expert and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.I don't have anything against news shows alerting the public to a potential problem but I think that they should do the research so that they get their story correct. I hope that the media is not deliberately promoting non consumption of bottled water.
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